Irish couple live tweet their journey to UK abortion clinic
Published 10/11/2016 | 12:05
An Irish couple are live tweeting their journey to Liverpool to access a termination today.
The couple, who have stayed anonymous, were overjoyed when the mother became pregnant with their second child, but they received the news earlier this month that their baby has Edward’s Syndrome.
We scrimped & saved to ensure our baby had the best possible care, instead we are spending that money on a trip we never wanted to take. https://t.co/XrvBamgxyg— Heartbroken&Punished (@itstimetorepeal) November 6, 2016
“We were told that even if carried to full term the period of life would be counted in the minutes and hours after birth,” a statement on the couple’s Twitter page reads.
“We should be telling our friends and relatives joyous news at just over twelve weeks instead we are now past the point of being able to go to hospital in the UK so we had to make arrangements to visit a clinic.”
They flew to Liverpool early this morning, live tweeting the journey with the handle @itstimetorepeal.
The couple are sharing their story to raise awareness of their situation. They have also come across other Irish people making the same journey.
We have arrived. Forms filled in and shown to the waiting room that's almost full. Deathly quiet only broken by some very familiar accents..— Heartbroken&Punished (@itstimetorepeal) November 10, 2016
The couple have received hundreds of messaged of support via Twitter and Snapchat and are “blown away” by the support and sympathy from people online.
Their account now has over 1,000 followers, with the number growing by the minute.
Just discovered we should have been sent to a different room, one for women with FFA's buts there's no space for us.. #itstimetorepeal— Heartbroken&Punished (@itstimetorepeal) November 10, 2016
Speaking to independent.ie, the couple said: “We have received such incredibly kind words from so many from home and abroad and many others have shared their own stories with us.
“Sharing the devastation we feel is not something we wanted to do as we are both quite private people and never wanted to involve our families, who have been incredibly supportive, due to the stigma that remains in our country.
We are blown away by all your kind words and support already thank you, on Thursday please use #itstimetorepeal as much as possible.— Heartbroken&Punished (@itstimetorepeal) November 5, 2016
“However as this government and a majority of TD's recently decided to deny its people the referendum that so many are demanding by introducing an amendment at the last minute we felt that we had no option but to draw attention to our journey and the countless others that are being made to leave Ireland instead of being cared for by our own.”